January 2019 Book Review

Contrary to my personality, this year I’m trying to be more intentional versus goal oriented. I want to be thoughtful about how I spend my time, but not because I’m solely focused on an end result. I’m practicing this both in my life and my business, and one month in, I love it.

One of my big focuses in 2019 is my health. I’m sure many people assume that means a weight loss goal. While it would be a lie if I said I didn’t want to lose a few pounds, that’s not what this is about. I want to work on my anxiety, sleep, online habits, energy, gut health and many other aspects of both mental and physical health.

So what does this have to do with a January book review? For me, being intentional about reading means that I am spending less time online (you can’t scroll IG and read a book at the same time, I’ve tried), getting off my computer earlier to go to bed (the key to this is a really good bedtime book), and I’m sure other habits that I haven’t yet noticed.

I set an intention to read two fiction books (this is primarily what I read before bed), one business or personal growth book (usually in the mornings or when I have down moments during the day), and listen to one audiobook (I’m less likely to glance at my phone at red lights if I have a good book going).

However, I have no goal of reading 48 books this year. I know that it probably is not going to happen and I really don’t care if it does. But I was surprised to read all four in January just by being intentional with my time and choosing to pick up a book more often.

I love hearing book recommendations from others so I thought I’d do a quick post each month to share what I read and what I thought of the books. And this will also keep me committed to reading at least something every month!

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation - I grabbed this from the Peak Picks shelf at the library and thought it would be a 365 day memoir (of which I am obsessed) but it was not. It is a fictional book about an UES young woman and I just could not find anything to love about the characters. Maybe I missed something (it does have a 3.75 star rating on Goodreads), but I personally wouldn’t recommend it.

Fangirl - I grabbed this one off the YA shelf while picking books for my kids. Note: February, be more intentional about what I’m actually reading. It was fine. Not amazing, but entertaining and I looked forward to reading it before bed each night. I enjoyed Eleanor and Park more , also by Rainbow Rowell, but definitely recommend this if you enjoy young adult fiction.

The Power of Habit - This book started out so slow. It took me six months of a page or two here and there to make it through the first few chapters. But the meat of the book was really interesting. I loved learning how businesses and brands use our habits to their advantage and I also took way tips for how to change my own habits and look for keystone habits in my life.

Born a Crime - I listened to this on Audible. I’ve found that memoirs are my favorite for audio books. I don’t pay enough attention to fiction and I want to mark up personal growth / business books. But memoirs are perfect for listening while I drive all over Seattle. Anyway, this was all about Trevor Noah’s life growing up in South Africa during and after Apartheid. I really enjoyed it and it opened my eyes to what Apartheid really was, not the very limited knowledge I had of it.

Have you read anything good lately? I would love your suggestions! Need suggestions yourself? I record all my books on Goodreads.